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James D. O’Holleran, M.D.


Shoulder & Knee


Advanced Shoulder Reconstruction & Sports Medicine

About Dr. O’Holleran

Dr. O’Holleran is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with dual fellowship training in advanced shoulder reconstruction and sports medicine. His special interests in the shoulder include arthroscopic reconstruction, rotator cuff repair, and instability surgery as well as total shoulder replacement and complex open reconstructions like tendon transfers. He also specializes in all aspects of sports medicine-related knee injuries, including arthroscopy, ligament reconstruction, cartilage repair, and joint preservation. Additionally, he cares for elbow injuries in throwing athletes, including biceps tendon repairs and elbow arthroscopy. He is a regular instructor at several local, regional, and national educational meetings where he instructs other surgeons on the latest innovations in shoulder and knee surgery.

James attended Yale School of Medicine, where he graduated with honors. He was class president and was a winner of the Nicholas J. Giarman prize for outstanding graduating thesis. While at Yale, he was awarded the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program to study molecular biology at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, for one year.

After Yale, James was accepted to the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program, where he studied orthopedics for five years. While at Harvard, he was awarded the William H. Thomas Outstanding Resident of his class as well as the Outstanding Clinical Graduating Thesis award.

James was then asked to stay at the Massachusetts General Hospital to perform a shoulder reconstruction fellowship with Dr. Jon J.P. Warner, one of the premier shoulder surgeons in the world. As director of the Harvard Shoulder Service, Dr. Warner has authored hundreds of publications, including award-winning basic research projects, and he is the author of several textbooks. Through his domestic and international fellowships, in conjunction with Dr. Christian Gerber from Zürich, Switzerland, he has trained some of the top shoulder surgeons in practice in the United States and around the world.

James was then accepted to his second specialty fellowship in sports medicine at the world-famous Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He was trained by a staff of 23 knee and shoulder specialists, including the world-famous Drs. Russell Warren, David Altchek, Tom Wickiewicz, Edward Craig, Scott Rodeo, and others.

While in New York, James was the assistant team physician for the New York Giants, where he traveled with the team and cared for players on the sidelines during games and at training camp in Albany, New York. His fellowship mentors are the team physicians for the New York Giants, New York Mets, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team, and several Division 1 colleges including St. John's University.

James is from Nebraska, the youngest of nine children, and the sixth physician in his immediate family. His father and four older brothers are also surgeons, and they played formative roles throughout his life in choosing medicine. James attended college at the University of Nebraska, where he graduated summa cum laude and was a Chancellor’s Scholar. His oldest brother and nephew both played football and started for the Cornhuskers.

Jim’s interests include golf, tennis, skiing, and traveling, while most of his time is spent with his awesome wife, coaching his kids, and shuttling them to countless sporting events.


Postgraduate Training

  • AOSSM Traveling Fellowship, Asian Tour: Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan & Korea, 2007
  • Fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder: Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City, NY, 2004 – 2005
  • Assistant Team Physician for the New York Giants Football Team, 2004 – 2005
  • Fellowship in the Harvard Shoulder Service: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 2004
  • Residency in Orthopedics: Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program, Boston, MA, 1998 – 2003


  • Doctorate of Medicine: Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 1998
  • Bachelor’s Degree: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 1993
  • “Dr. O’Holleran is great. He laid out my situation clearly and efficiently. His demeanor is fantastic. I have seen him previously and always with a great result - and recommended him to several people.”

    – Bill H.
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